Press Releases

May 20, 2022

Van Hollen, Gillibrand, Rounds Push To Fully Fund U.S.-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) in calling for $500 million to fully fund U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs in the Defense Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2023. Israel's missile defense system is made up of four operational layers: Iron Dome, David's Sling, Arrow 2 and now Arrow 3. In addition to contributing to ballistic missile defense, the funding will support crucial work on research, … Continue Reading


May 19, 2022

Maryland Delegation Announces over $1.2 Million in Federal Funding for the Blackwater Loop and Appalachian Regional Heritage Trail Project

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced that Friends of Blackwater, a nonprofit citizens support group, will receive $1,226,000 in federal funding for the Blackwater Loop and Regional Heritage Trail project. "With this new funding, we are not only providing more opportunities for Marylanders to explore our state's wonderful trails and parks, but we are also increasing travel and tourism for our local economies in Western Maryland," the … Continue Reading


May 19, 2022

Update from Senator Van Hollen

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement: "I'd like to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone for the outpouring of well-wishes and kind messages. I'm on the mend and on track for a full recovery, and following my doctors' orders, I'll begin to ease back into my schedule. In the meantime, I want to make clear where I stand on two issues up for a vote today: providing additional aid to Ukraine and relief for restaurants and small businesses still weathering … Continue Reading


May 18, 2022

Van Hollen, Murray, Casey, Democrats Push Biden for White House Formula Coordinator to Lead National Strategy

Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) in urging President Joe Biden to immediately assign a coordinator within the White House on infant formula to address the shortage and implement a national strategy to increase the resiliency of the infant formula supply chain and protect against future contamination and shortages. "We need organized leadership and a clear plan for addressing this crisis. We cannot stop working on this issue … Continue Reading


May 17, 2022

Van Hollen, Shaheen, Tillis, Senate NATO Observer Group Issue Joint Statement of Support for Finland, Sweden Accession

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) alongside a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in a joint statement of support for Finland and Sweden's accession to NATO in response to the respective nations announcing their intent to join the transatlantic alliance: "The Senate NATO Observer Group welcomes today's announcement by Finland and Sweden that they will begin the formal application process to join the NATO Alliance in pursuit of … Continue Reading


May 15, 2022

Statement from Senator Van Hollen

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement: "This weekend, I was admitted to George Washington University Hospital after experiencing lightheadedness and acute neck pain while I was delivering a speech in Western Maryland. At the recommendation of the Attending Physician, I sought medical attention upon my return home. Earlier today, an angiogram indicated that I had experienced a minor stroke in the form of a small venous tear at the back of my head. … Continue Reading


May 13, 2022

Van Hollen, Murray, Casey, Democrats Push Infant Formula Manufacturers To Address Crisis, Get Formula On Shelves ASAP

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) in sending a letter to Mardi Mountford, President of the Infant Nutrition Council of America, calling on infant formula manufacturers to make every effort possible to get parents and families the formula they need to feed their kids. "We write to express our concern about the infant formula supply shortage which is making it harder for parents and caregivers nationwide to get their … Continue Reading


May 13, 2022

Van Hollen, Murray, Casey, Democrats Push Infant Formula Manufacturers To Address Crisis, Get Formula On Shelves ASAP

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) in sending a letter to Mardi Mountford, President of the Infant Nutrition Council of America, calling on infant formula manufacturers to make every effort possible to get parents and families the formula they need to feed their kids. "We write to express our concern about the infant formula supply shortage which is making it harder for parents and caregivers nationwide to get their … Continue Reading


May 12, 2022

Van Hollen, Casey, Wyden Introduce Bill to Crack Down on Corporate Union Busting

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in introducing theNo Tax Breaks for Union Busting Act to end the taxpayer subsidization of corporate union busting campaigns. As workers around the country join together to fight for better pay and safer working conditions by unionizing, they often face million-dollar corporate intimidation campaigns to prevent unionization. To add insult to injury, corporations are allowed to write off these … Continue Reading


May 11, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Women’s Health Protection Act

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Senate vote on the Women's Health Protection Act, legislation to codify the reproductive rights secured in Roe v. Wade: "Right now, the threat to women's reproductive freedom posed by the Supreme Court and Senate Republicans is more urgent than ever. The Women's Health Protection Act would guarantee the right to choose nationally, as a matter of law. Without action, women across the country could soon … Continue Reading


May 11, 2022

VIDEO: Van Hollen Delivers Floor Speech Ahead of Senate Vote to Codify Roe v. Wade

Yesterday evening, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate on the need to protect Americans' constitutional right to reproductive freedom as the Senate today prepares to vote on the Women's Health Protection Act, legislation that would codify the protections in Roe v. Wade. The Senate action - and the Senators' remarks - followed the release of a draft Supreme Court opinion showing the conservative majority on the Court are poised to overturn the landmark … Continue Reading


May 11, 2022

Maryland Members Announce Nearly $130,000 for NASA Partnership with University of Baltimore, UMES to Support Students Pursuing STEM Careers

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, and Andy Harris (all Md.) announced $129,731 to fund partnerships between NASA and Maryland universities to support young students' dreams of entering careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The funds will support the University of Baltimore's Space Tech Camp - an initiative geared towards helping Baltimore City Public School students in Grades 10 … Continue Reading


May 10, 2022

Maryland and Virginia Senators Respond to Announcement of a New General Manager for Metro

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) issued the following joint statement in response to the announcement that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Board of Directors has selected Randy Clarke as its new General Manager and CEO. Clarke currently serves as President and CEO of Capital Metro in Austin, Texas. "Safe and reliable Metrobus and Metrorail service is essential for our constituents in the National … Continue Reading


May 10, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Federal Funding for Bowie State University Innovation Programs

Today, U.S. Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee Chair Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Chair Ben Cardin and (both D-Md.) announced $4 million in congressionally directed spending to support innovation programs at Bowie State University, the oldest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Maryland. The senators secured $3 million for the Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC), as well as … Continue Reading


May 10, 2022

Van Hollen, Merkley, Wicker, Johnson, Joyce Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Resolution to Celebrate National Nurses Week

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Seantors Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) and David Joyce (R-Ohio) to introduce a bipartisan, bicameral resolution recognizing National Nurses Week. The resolution honors and celebrates the important contributions of America's nurses to safe, high-quality care and the invaluable role that nurses play in patient care every day and particularly in treating injured and sick … Continue Reading


May 10, 2022

Van Hollen, Booker, Brown Urge Starbucks CEO to Support Unionization Efforts

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in urging Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to cease efforts to undermine unionization campaigns occurring at the company's locations, and instead support employee-led union efforts nationwide. In a letter, the Senators detailed the company's proposal to deny new, expanded benefits to unionized workers, and made clear interfering with workers' right to organize is an illegal, unfair labor … Continue Reading


May 09, 2022

Van Hollen, Klobuchar, Grassley Push for Funding to Address Avian Influenza Outbreak

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in a bipartisan push for more funding to help address the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak. "HPAI has been detected in 32 states across the country and has killed over 36 million birds. Although the virus poses minimal risk to human health, it has serious implications for U.S. poultry producers, rural communities, and our agricultural economy," the senators wrote to … Continue Reading


May 09, 2022

Van Hollen, Colleagues Seek to Reauthorize Bipartisan STAR Act to Combat Childhood Cancer

In an effort to help thousands of children who undergo cancer treatment each year, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in introducing the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Reauthorization Act. This bipartisan legislation would reauthorize the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill ever passed by Congress. This legislation was … Continue Reading


May 06, 2022

Van Hollen, Brown, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Honor America's Teachers, Mark Teacher Appreciation Week

To honor our nation's teachers and commemorate National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6), U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize the important work of teachers across the nation, thank them for their efforts to prepare students for success, and acknowledge the additional challenges teachers faced during school reopening following closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to Van … Continue Reading


May 06, 2022

Van Hollen, Bennet, Stabenow, Coons Request to Include Funding for Farm Bill Conservation Programs in Fiscal Year 2023 Budget

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) in requesting full funding for Farm Bill Conservation Programs in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget. In their letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, the senators also ask for $1 billion to continue to increase U.S. Department of Agriculture … Continue Reading

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